RE Today Services news http://retoday.org.uk/news/feed/rss RE Today Services works nationally and internationally to support Religious Education in schools. RE Today is wholly owned by the charity Christian Education, and is committed to the teaching of the major world faiths. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:10:00 +0100 JOB VACANCY: Customer Operations Manager http://retoday.org.uk/news/job-vacancy-customer-operations-manager http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/503 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:10:00 +0100 We have a very exciting opportunity; we are looking to recruit a permanent Customer Operations Manager to join the team at RE Today/Christian Education.

This position will play a key role in the strategic development of this growing charity and will allow you to restructure the Customer Support function to not only service clients but add real value to internal processes and systems.

Click here to find out more.

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New RE films from the BBC http://retoday.org.uk/news/new-re-films-from-the-bbc http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/502 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:29:00 +0100 New from the BBC for 4–7s: Religions of the World is a series of ten animated ‘Octonaut-style’ stories from six different world religions. The BBC commissioned the programmes, and RE Today’s Lat Blaylock worked as their adviser for this short series.

Lat commented, ‘I’m pleased with these films because they offer authentic, child-friendly retellings for use in RE but also perhaps in English. All free to use, of course, and now available.’

Watch the new BBC Religions of the World films

Teaching notes are currently available to NATRE members only.
Email us at admin@natre.org.uk to find out how you can become a NATRE member so that you can receive the notes too!

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JOB VACANCY: Finance Manager http://retoday.org.uk/news/job-vacancy-finance-manager http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/501 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:56:00 +0100 We have a very exciting opportunity; we are looking to recruit a permanent Finance Manager to join the team at RE Today/Christian Education.

This position will play a key role in the strategic development of this growing charity and will allow you to restructure the finance function to provide excellent financial management and a business partnering focus across the breadth of our business strands.

Click here to find out more.

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Strictly RE 2017 - Film http://retoday.org.uk/news/strictly-re-2017-film http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/500 Mon, 15 May 2017 10:50:00 +0100 Click here to hear what did our attendees thought of our annual national conference - Strictly RE.

Watch Strictly RE film here

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The votes are in! http://retoday.org.uk/news/the-votes-are-in http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/498 Tue, 09 May 2017 12:41:00 +0100 NATRE are pleased to announce that the following people were elected as Primary and Secondary members of the new NATRE Executive which will begin in February 2018.

Primary
Naomi Anstice
Rachel Buckby
Catriona Card
Katie Freeman
Corinne Guntrip
Harvinder Kaur Sagoo
Kate Penfold-Attride
Hasya Qureshi
Adam Robertson
Gill Tewkesbury

Secondary
Gerry Cohen
Chris Giles
Joanne Harris
Zameer Hussain
Joseph Matthews
Neil McKain
Lisa O’Connor
Becky Palmer
Laura Passmore
Sarah Payne

NATRE would like to thank everyone who stood and those who took the time to vote.

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#REchatUK:'How do we teach pupils to be religiously literate about Judaism? What do they need to know?’ http://retoday.org.uk/news/rechatukhow-do-we-teach-pupils-to-be-religiously-literate-about-judaism-what-do-they-need-to-know http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/499 Mon, 08 May 2017 21:00:00 +0100 #REchatUK took place on Monday 08 May at 8pm-9pm
If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion you can see it here:
#REchatUK:‘How do we teach pupils to be religiously literate about Judaism? What do they need to know?’

If you have any suggestions for a great topic be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate.

Keep an eye out on our #REchatUK timetable here to see when the next #REchatUK will be.

For regular updates follow us on @NATREupdate.

#REchatUK Poster - for your staffroom to help get others involved in RE.

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#REchatUK: 'What makes for excellent assessment in RE?' http://retoday.org.uk/news/rechatuk-what-makes-for-excellent-assessment-in-re http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/497 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:17:00 +0100 #REchatUK took place on Monday 25 April at 8pm-9pm
If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion you can see it here:
#REchatUK: What makes for excellent assessment in RE?

If you have any suggestions for a great topic be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate.

Keep an eye out on our #REchatUK timetable here to see when the next #REchatUK will be.

For regular updates follow us on @NATREupdate.

#REchatUK Poster - for your staffroom to help get others involved in RE.

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NATRE & RE Council's joint statement on Religious Education and the 2017 General Election http://retoday.org.uk/news/natre-re-councils-joint-statement-on-religious-education-and-the-2017-general-election http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/496 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:07:00 +0100 With the General Election fewer than 50 days away, and political parties hurrying to put together their manifestos, here are four things that we would like to see them include in order to help ensure that all pupils are able to have high quality religious education:

1. To take note of the recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education when they are published (due in the second half of 2018), and to explore how best to implement them.​​
2. To back up the current statutory requirement that schools provide religious education to all pupils with proper means to hold them to account, both for the level of provision and also its quality.
3. To increase the number of trained and qualified teachers of religious education, in order to eliminate the current shortfall.
4. To guarantee that all one year primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students to receive a minimum of 12 hours of subject specific training in religious education.

What is good RE?

RE is a vibrant, academically rigorous subject that bears little resemblance to the religious instruction seen in many schools in previous generations. Covering multiple faiths and non-religious worldviews, RE challenges children to explore faith and belief in a way that gives them the transferable skills of literacy and reasoning in the classroom and allows them to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Why do these four commitments matter?

1. To take note of the recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education when they are published (due in the second half of 2018), and to explore how best to implement them.

The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) is a high-profile independent commission with a remit to make recommendations designed to improve the quality and rigour of religious education, and its capacity to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. It was established in mid-2016 and is due to report in late-2018. CoRE was establishment following the publication of three key reports in 2015 that called for reform of RE, and after the 2016 Education White Paper proposed changes to the role of Local Authorities that would radically undermine the legal underpinning of RE without proposing a means for safeguarding RE’s future. Establishing CoRE follows on from the recommendations of the 2013 REC Review of Religious Education.

2. To back up the current statutory requirements that schools provide religious education to all pupils with proper means to hold them to account, both for the level of provision and also its quality.

It is a legal obligation to teach Religious Education (RE) in schools to pupils between the ages of 4 -18 years of age. Nonetheless, many schools do not always meet their statutory duty. According to the Department for Education’s school workforce data[1] 28.2% of schools provide no RE in year 11, an increase of almost 13% since 2010. In addition, 42% of Academies are not meeting their legal requirements at Key Stage 4. At present, there are insufficient means for holding schools to account when they fail to offer RE to their pupils. All too often schools are held to account via performance indicators such as the Ebacc, which excludes RE. We would like to see political parties committing to working with the RE Council and NATRE to develop practical means for ensuring that schools are meeting the legal obligation to teach RE.

3. To increase the number of trained and qualified teachers of religious education, in order to eliminate the current shortfall.

There is a crisis in the provision of RE teachers, with a constant and increasing lack of specialist teachers in the subject. Over the past three years the number of RE teachers have fallen by more than 1,000, while the number of History teachers has remained relatively stable and the headcount of geography teachers has increased by 500. Children’s entitlement to high quality RE is being put at risk because of the failure to secure a workforce of teachers who can safeguard their religious literacy and wider preparation for life in modern Britain. According to the DfE Workforce Census published in July 2015, 29.6% of RE lessons in a typical week are taught by teachers with no post A Level qualification in the subject. When RE is taught by teachers that are not specialists in the subject there is a risk that issues within the curriculum and general discussion can be ignored for fear of offence or a lack of understanding.

4. To guarantee that all one year primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students to receive a minimum of 12 hours of subject specific training in religious education.

On average, a primary trainee teacher receives less than three hours of training in RE on a PGCE or Schools Direct one year course. This is insufficient for them to cover a subject as complicated and important as RE. We believe that if all primary ITE students had a minimum of 12 hours of RE training this would put them in a far stronger position once they are in the classroom. 12 hours is the equivalent of just two days within a one year course: this is a realistic and deliverable aspiration.

[1] Based on an analysis of 2,793 schools in England in 2015

National Association of Teachers of RE
NATRE is the subject teacher association for RE professionals in primary and secondary schools and higher education, providing a representative voice at national level and publications and courses to promote professional development. NATRE’s Executive consists of a majority of serving teachers from primary and secondary schools who are elected for a three-year term of service.

Religious Education Council of England and Wales

Established in 1973, the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) brings together over 60 national organisations. These comprise academic and professional associations specialising in religions and religious education, as well as individual religions and belief organisations inclusive of the range of faith communities found nationally, including the British Humanist Association.

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New2RE programme September 2017 http://retoday.org.uk/news/new2re-2017 http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/495 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:06:00 +0000 New to RE?

Find the best support for the start of your career here!

Are you likely to be a newly qualified secondary RE teacher in September 2017?
Are you keen to extend your repertoire of strategies for teaching RE?
Would support with deepening subject knowledge be helpful as you teach six religions and non-religious worldviews?
Would you value having an experienced RE teacher/leader as a personal mentor?
If so, you’ll be pleased to hear about the New2RE programme from the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). Now in its fourth year, the New2RE programme is currently supporting 71 new teachers as they begin their careers.

New2RE is designed to support you in the first three years of your teaching career and help you develop your subject knowledge and your confidence as a teacher of RE. The programme will be tailored to your needs and is designed to complement and enhance the provision offered by your school.

The programme is free to the teacher, subject to a contribution of £120 from your participating school, and permission from your head teacher/principal to attend the residential course.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for early career development! There are only 25 places available, so get in touch to register your interest today!

Click here to find out more.

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RE State of the Nation research http://retoday.org.uk/news/re-state-of-the-nation-research http://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/494 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:39:00 +0000 This is a formal request information around the provision of Religious Education (RE) in your school, as part of the first nationwide project to collect information on RE in all ~4,500 state-funded secondary schools in England and Wales.

This important project, spearheaded by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and RE Today, is running parallel to, but independent of, the continuing work of the Commission on Religious Education, which is conducting a review over the next two years of the legal, education, and policy frameworks for RE in all schools and colleges.

The information gathered from this research project will be used to establish a picture of RE provision across the country.”

We are formally requesting, therefore, that you provide information about RE in your school by completing the following survey (or forward to the RE subject lead for completion):

Complete the survey.

Please send your responses by Friday 17 March.
It should take around 15-20 minutes.

For more information about the survey, visit the NATRE website.

If you have any queries please email Sara Petela at sara@mailpbconsulting.com or call 0207 735 6963.

Thank you for your support.
Fiona Moss
Executive Officer
NATRE

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart
Chief Executive
RE Council

Zoe Keens
Chief Executive Officer
RE Today

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